Country Music Association awards, 8-11 p.m., ABC.
Lots of familiar
names are here: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host and perform
for the eighth straight year. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who host
the competing ACM awards, also perform; so do Miranda Lambert, Jason
Aldean, Zac Brown, Little Big Town and Florida Georgia Line.
But there will be
fresh combinations – Keith Urban and John Mellancamp, Dierks
Bentley and Lindsey Stirling, Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake,
Reba and Brooks & Dunn, Eric Church with Thomas Rhett, Hank
Williams Jr. and Fall Out Boy. Also performing: Sam Hunt, Kacey
Musgraves and more.
“Arrow,” 8 p.m., CW.
was a ratings failure ... at least by big-network standards; CW's
“Arrow” is a hit ... at least by micro-network standards. That
makes them sort of equal, so here's a crossover.
Flashbacks show that
Constantine (Matt Ryan) owes Oliver a favor; sometimes, a guy really
needs a friend with exorcist-type skills. Sara has been brought back
to life, creating lots of fierce-female battles. Ryan, a talented
guy, seems out of place near the stiff acting and dialog of “Arrow.”
So does director John Badham, who once knew greatness with “Saturday
Night Fever” and “War Games.”
ALTERNATIVE: “Nova: Making North America” opener, 9 p.m., PBS
(check local listings)..
If all our teachers
were like this, we might have actually learned something in geology
class. Kirk Johnson of the Smithsonian Institution combines sweeping
landscapes and impressive special effects.
We see a continent
that's been in constant – albeit gradual – change. There are
palm-frond fossils in Alaska, remnants of vast sand dunes that
coveredd the West, a massive lake in the Midwest, a mountain range in
Manhattan. There are signs of a giant rift that almost split us in
two. This hour, launching a three-week series, ranges from a current
volcano in Hawaii to a long-ago one in Minnesota.
p.m., Fox. This show is at its worst when focusing on the captain,
who seems like a collection of bad scenes from old cop shows. Now
he's a murder suspect; an awful first scene signals what's ahead.
Meanwhile, Dr. Rosewood's police colleague fumes after seeing him
kiss her psychiatrist. “This thing we're doing, it's like a virus,”
Rosey says. It certainly feels like one.
Movies, 8 p.m.,
cable. Disney has “Enchanted” (2007), a clever tale with a
princess transforming from a cartoon into Amy Adams. Sundance has
“The Outsiders” (1983), Francis Coppola's richly emotional film
stuffed with young stars -- Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Diane Lane,
Patrick Swayze and more.
p.m., Fox. The early end of the World Series means this ratings-hit
only had to miss one week. Now it's back, with Lucious and Cookie
setting aside their fierce fights, to protect their kids.
“Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit,” 9 p.m., NBC. A reality show about a devout
family has presented its 13-year-old as virtuous and virginal. Now
she's pregnant and police investigate.
“Gone With the
Wind” (1939), 9:45 p.m. ET, Turner Classic Movies. In many time
zones, this will be strictly something to record. A great epic, it
continues until 2 a.m. ET.
“Code Black,” 10
p.m., CBS. Here's the question most medical shows include: What if
you must decide whom to treat first, a wounded cop or the man who
“The Brain,” 10
p.m., PBS (check local listings). Even basic decisions seem to be
affected by physical factors few people understand. We meet a woman
who is normal in other ways, but lost the decision portion of her
brain; a grocery-store trip is a blur. We see how much easier it is
to decide life and death if – like a drone pilot – we're not
directly involved. And we learn that lap dancers make more money at
different points in their menstrual cycle; the decision to hand over
money is affected by pheromones.